Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
76ers90Final
Warriors104
Game 2: Tuesday, March 30th
Warriors71Final
76ers95

76ers 90

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Warriors 104

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 27 20 22 2190
GS 25 30 24 25104

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. McKie 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Golden State: M. Dunleavy 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl

Dunleavy scores 32 in 104-90 win over Sixers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Dunleavy's marksmanship was contagious in the Golden State Warriors' most accurate shooting game in nearly eight years.

Dunleavy had career highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Calbert Cheaney scored 20 points in the Warriors' first victory of the season -- 104-90 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

After a tumultuous offseason, the revamped Warriors didn't seem to have a roster built for sharpshooting -- and against Philadelphia, they were playing without three potential starters and top rookie Mickael Pietrus.

But they decimated the 76ers with outside jumpers and impressive ball movement. Golden State made 59.4 percent of its shots for its best percentage since Dec. 22, 1995.

"I know we've all got to be aggressive and look for good shots more while we've got guys out with injuries," said Dunleavy, the third overall pick in the 2002 draft. "Sometimes they all go in, sometimes none of them go in. I don't care if you're Shaquille O'Neal or Larry Bird -- a lot of the time, it's luck."

Speedy Claxton, who had 17 points, and Dunleavy led Golden State to a 12-point lead in the second half. The Warriors held on through a tense fourth quarter, and Claxton made the biggest shot -- a 26-foot 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:22 left.

"We've got some good players and some really good shooters," Claxton said. "We've got guys hurt, but that's no excuse. If we shoot the ball how we're capable of shooting, we're a dangerous team."

Dunleavy rode the bench for much of his rookie season, but the Warriors still traded leading scorer Antawn Jamison to Dallas last summer to open up a starting spot -- and Dunleavy promptly went 6-for-18 in the season opener against the Mavericks.

He was 11-for-15 with three 3-pointers against the Sixers, leading a barrage of accurate shooting. Claxton went 7-for-11, Cheaney was 10-for-12 and Dampier was 5-for-8.

"I got enough shots up between last game and this game, because I missed so many the other night," Dunleavy said. "I don't think I've ever taken that many shots between games. I think I was probably a little too ready. Tonight I was just more relaxed, and I let it go."

Dunleavy reached his previous career high of 21 points on a free throw shortly before halftime, and he surpassed it with a 3-pointer early in the second half.

He cooled off after that, but Claxton, Erick Dampier and Cheaney all hit big shots to keep Golden State's lead intact.

Golden State got its third-straight home victory over Philadelphia -- an impressive achievement in the absence of starters Jason Richardson, Nick Van Exel and Troy Murphy.

"This was a phenomenal win," coach Eric Musselman said. "It was as good as any win we had last year. I don't think that anyone expected us to win the game tonight with a limited roster. We were really efficient at getting our scorers the basketball, and we tried to exploit mismatches."

Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie each scored 19 points for the 76ers, who lost for the second time in two nights on their West Coast road trip. Iverson was harassed on defense by Claxton, and the rest of the Sixers struggled to hit open shots in the second half.

"The way I looked at it, they couldn't continue to shoot the ball like that," McKie said. "Unfortunately, they kept making them. ... We let them get off to a good start, and every tough shot they put up with a hand in their face went in."

Iverson hurt his left shoulder in practice Thursday, but played 46 minutes in the Sixers' 100-89 loss at Sacramento on Friday night. It might have affected his play, however:

After shooting 10-of-23 against the Kings, Iverson was 7-of-17 while playing 42 minutes in Oakland.

But help is on the way: High-scoring forward Glenn Robinson, acquired from Atlanta by the 76ers in the offseason, finished his three-game suspension for a conviction on domestic battery charges. He is eligible to make his Philadelphia debut in Portland on Monday night.

"We're just not good defensively right now," Iverson said. "That's not like a Sixers team. (Dunleavy) had 30-something points. Who didn't he impress?"

Game notes


Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert committed two goaltending violations in the first half. ... Avery Johnson, acquired in an offseason trade with Dallas, had five assists as Claxton's backup. Johnson is serving as one of the Warriors' three captains this season. He also was a Golden State captain in 1993 during his first stint with the club. ... Claxton fouled out with 1:48 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
GS
Points 90 104
FGM-FGA 37-79 (.468) 41-69 (.594)
3PM-3PA 10-19 (.526) 5-13 (.385)
FTM-FTA 6-11 (.545) 17-19 (.895)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-25 7-37
Assists 22 18
Turnovers 13 19
Steals 10 4
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 2 0
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (3/0) 17 (1/0)

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Golden State
Aaron McKie McKie
Points: 19
Reb: 4
Ast: 6
Stl: 4
Blk: 1
Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
Points: 32
Reb: 11
Ast: 0
Stl: 1
Blk: 0